Never Forgotten.

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Camp Kinser Memorial Museum, Okinawa Battle Sites Tour; Okinawa, Japan

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”
– John Muir

I don’t believe in coincidence and I firmly believe in the idea that we are where we’re supposed to be; Regardless of whether we’re in a good or a bad situation.

I recently discovered that one of my Japanese Teachers of English (J.T.E.) is retiring in April. More importantly, he came out and told me the story about his three uncles that were all deployed to Okinawa during World War 2. None of them survived, and he explained to me how difficult that was for his father, his family, and even for him at the time. Even to this day, he told me that despite his desire to enjoy the beauty, serenity, and overall joy Okinawa brings to most people who go there, he’s always stricken by a sense of overwhelming sadness whenever he thinks of it.

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Camp Kinser Memorial Museum, Okinawa Battle Sites Tour; Okinawa, Japan

How is it (that through mere chance) that the last ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) Mr. Yoneda works with, will be with a former active-duty Marine, who lived on Okinawa, as well as had the experience of being educated in Okinawa’s Battle Sites? I feel saddened by the idea that I will only have 7 months to work with this man, but I will (through the best of my ability) do my best to leave the best impression I can, so that I might be able to leave a long-lasting impression on the type of Marine that I am, as well as how much respect I have for all the lives that were lost during World War 2.

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Peace Prayer Park, Okinawa, Japan